What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a type of drug, typically smoked, which is illegal in the United States. It is one of the world’s most popularly taken drugs. In fact, approximately 300 million people worldwide take marijuana. Due to its popularity, many drug treatment centers have opened which treat marijuana addiction. Common names of this drug include: grass, pot, weed, Mary Jane, dope, ganja, and reefer.
This drug can be found in the form of a plant called Cannabis sativa. A chemical in this plant, called THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), creates in the user an altered state of consciousness. The altered state that takes place occurs as a result of certain cellular reactions given off by the THC. Many drug treatment centers today seek to use their drug rehab to treat marijuana users who are negatively impacting their bodies through the use of this drug.
How is Marijuana Used?
Marijuana is typically smoked. This smoking can be performed through the use of a bong, or through a joint. Blunts, cigars filled with marijuana, are also becoming popular. In some cases, marijuana is baked into foods or drunk in the form of tea.
Signs/Symptoms of Marijuana
A few short-term effects that can take place after using marijuana include:
- Poor coordination
- Increased appetite
- Difficulties with problem solving
- Distorted perception
- Increase in heart rate
- Poor memory
- Dry mouth and throat
- Anxiety, Paranoia
Although at first, symptoms of marijuana may not seem very harmful, long-term use can be dangerous. Treatment for drug abuse is offered for users who seek help and advice regarding their marijuana use.
Effects of Marijuana
Long term effects of marijuana use include:
- Frequent coughing and wheezing
- Heart attack
- Higher risk for cancer
- Lack of interest in everyday activities
- Possible chance of infertility
- Respiratory complications
- Poor learning ability
- Weakened immune system, increased chance of pneumonia and chest colds
- Pregnancy complications
- Unable to focus, easily distracted
In serious cases, drug treatment facilities step in and attempt to stop marijuana abuse before the extreme consequences of its use take place.